Saturday, September 29, 2012

Why are we eating vegan?

Why did we switch to a vegan diet?  I get asked this a lot.  My basic answer is typically something like "There is a lot of research that shows that consuming animal products, not just meat but dairy and eggs, is linked to higher levels of chronic diseases, such as cancer."

Want more details?

This is an awesome series of video clips summarizing some research on whether this is actually true.  What I like about the videos at nutritionfacts.org is that they include enough science for the nerds, but they use charts and enough short words for all of us to get the basic idea.  I'm posting a few here, in order, to view.  Each video is only about 3-4 minutes.

This one is about a study where women changed to a vegan diet for just 14 days to see how it impacted their blood's ability to fight breast cancer.
http://nutritionfacts.org/video/developing-an-ex-vivo-cancer-proliferation-bioassay/

And more research about the underlying mechanism behind this protection:
http://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-answer-to-the-pritikin-puzzle/

One more about IGF-1 levels, which is a growth hormone we all have:
http://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-plant-based-to-lower-igf-1/

By no means do I think that we should all believe this and not look into the details of the research studies for ourselves.  Check out the comments at the bottom of each video page to see what I mean.  However, I think this is an amazing site to help with seeing the big picture of some of this research.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Schmilly. Lots to think about!

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